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After dinner suddenly my heart beat was 130. Did I have a Heart Attack??

Hello, this happened around 4 days ago. I just got done eating at night and went to bed and suddenly I could feel my heart beating hard and rapidly around 130bpm. I thought it was a panic attack so I took a xanax and just waited it out but it still kept beating. I had no pain anywhere and was able to walk around, use the restroom, etc. no problem. But it wouldn t stop beating rapidly. Eventually, I fell asleep, woke up, and felt fine. I take a shower, eat breakfast, and lay on my bed, and again it happens. I just ignore it because I don t feel any pain and eventually I dose off for a bit and it goes away again. Finally the next day, I eat lunch with my dad and some alcohol and felt fine. I decide to lay and watch some tv and next thing you know it happens again. Again no pain. I juss sleep it off again. I heard it might be acid reflux so I started taking mylanta and hasn t reoccured. But when I feel my pulse, it doesn t feel right. But I might be over paranoid about this. Help! I m worried they might be minor heart attacks. Does acid reflux cause rapid heartbeats? Can a rapid heartbeat = heart attack?? What are the symptoms you might have after having a heart attack? How can I know if I received heart damage w/o going to a doctor . I ve been to a doctor a few times, but each time I did tests, they came out fine and said it was a panic attack. But this was different because I did not feel scared. Juss had the symptom. Thanks so much. Any professional input would be greatly appreciated. By the way I m 26 years old Asian with no family history, smoked very moderately(3-4 a day) for around 5 years, but quit a year ago. Low body fat and everything else seems okay. I dont know what to think. Thank you. It s been around 4 days since it last happened and I feel okay and I ve never had this before. By the way, would there be a change in blood pressure (as in higher it or lower it) after a heart attack and if I received heart damage? And how would your pulse feel? My bp is the same as before. Thanks Bilbo but did his stop? I mean this was a 4 days ago when it happened and it hasn t happened since. And the amount of alcohol I drank was around a 16 oz. cup of beer.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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It sounds like tachycardia, which is a rapid heartbeat, and can have many causes. But some sorts of fibrillation can feel like that, and you should be checked by your doctor as soon as possible, since it might develop into something more serious that it has been. Heart rhythm disorders can be life-threatening. There could also be many other causes, including endocrine disorders. Please see your doctor asap!
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